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Invest in an Electric Vehicle

Invest in an electric vehicle and reduce your carbon footprint. You can conveniently charge your vehicle around the City of Richmond.

The electric vehicle charging station at the Richmond Art Center located at 2540 Barrett Ave. has saved 2,670 gallons of gasoline equivalent to 8,938 kg of greenhouses gases (GHG).

The City of Richmond recently submitted an EV Charger Demonstration grant application to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) requesting a DC fast charging station at the Richmond Swim Center located at 4300 Cutting Blvd., and a Level 2 charging station at the West Contra Costa Family Justice Center located at 256 24th St..

The 50kW DC fast charger with both a CHAdeMO and SAE combo connector can serve all electric vehicles with fast charging capabilities and can charge at a maximum of 200 miles of range per hour (RPH). The Level 2 charging station will offer a standard SAE J1772 charging port and can charge at a maximum rate of 25 miles of range per hour. These locations will increase access to publicly available EV charging stations within the City of Richmond. 

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Financing assistance to purchase fuel efficient vehicles

The California Air Resources Board and Community Housing Development Corporation (CHDC), announced a pilot program offering residents in Richmond the opportunity to purchase fuel efficient, and ultra-clean vehicles. The program is open to residents with the following zipcodes: 94801, 94804, and 94806. Eligible vehicles include light-duty passenger vehicles that are either hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) at a battery electric vehicle (BEV) or fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV). For used vehicles (HEV, PHEV, or zero-emission vehicles include BEV and FCEV), vehicles must be eight years old or newer with a combined fuel economy rating of at least 20 miles per gallon of fuel.

The Ways to Work program combines low-interest loans with financial education, budget consulting, and personalized management. The program offers auto purchase loans, auto repair loans, and auto refinancing. For eligibility and more information about the Ways to Work program, visit


Rideshare Database

The City of Richmond’s RideMatch service – an interactive, on-demand system that helps you find carpools, vanpools, or bicycle partners. Create a profile to find commuters who have similar travel routes and patterns with whom you can share a ride. Then you can easily send potential rideshare partners an e-mail or give them a call.

Your information remains confidential. Only your name, phone number, home/work city and e-mail will be shared with potential partners. The ridematching service is powered by 511 Contra Costa and completely FREE.

Make a change from driving alone to carpooling, taking transit, bicycling, or walking for your work commute and 511 Contra Costa will reward you with the Drive Less Commuter Incentive Program. This incentive program is available for your home-to-work commute and/or work-to-home commute. Eligible participants will receive a $50 check sent to the mailing address. Visit to learn more about commuter incentives.

Reduce your stress from commuting, save money, reduced parking demand at work, and reduce traffic congestion. Follow the step by step tutorial to create a profile and find your carpool partner today and redeem your commuter incentive today. 

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Free Round Trip to Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park

R-Transit provides door-to-door transportation service to persons with disabilities and seniors (age 55 and older) living in the Cities of Richmond, Kensington, El Sobrante, and the unincorporated communities of East Richmond Heights, Hasford Heights, Rollingwood, and North Richmond. Register for services and reserve a free round trip ride to Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park or reserve your next trip to the move theatre for $2.00 each way. See flyers below for additional details.
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Richmond's National Drive Electric Celebration

On Thursday, September 17th, the City participated in a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of plug-in vehicles. The event provided an opportunity for the community to test drive and learn the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Local electric vehicle owners shared their experiences and answered questions about their vehicles. Ford was present with three of their latest eco-friendly models: Focus, Fusion Energi, and C-Max Energi. Attendees also had the opportunity to speak with owners of Nissan Leaf, Kia Soul, and Tesla.

The National Drive Electric Week has been organized by Plug-In America, the Sierra Club, and Electric Auto Association since its debut in 2011 as National Plug In Day. The City of Richmond participated in the event for the first time among 195 other participants nationwide. Next year, Richmond will coordinate with the cities of Berkeley, San Pablo, and El Cerrito to organize National Drive Electric Week.